UEL PLAYOFF 2nd LEG: FC Shkendija Vs AC Milan Match Preview

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After thrashing their Macedonian opponents in the first leg of the Playoffs, Vincenzo Montella’s men will go into the 2nd leg today in a much relaxed mood. The half a dozen goal cushion from the first leg at Milan is expected to be enough to send the Rossoneri through to the group stages, but it remains to be seen whether Shkëndija has the mettle to fightback and put some serious challenge to Milan in this match.

Match Details:

Date: Thursday, 24th August 2017
Venue: Phillip II Arena(Skopje)
Kick off: 19:45pm UK, 20:45m CET
Telecast: Jio TV, Ten 2 (India), Fox Sports, ESPN (USA), BT Sport (UK)

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Team news:

Romagnoli returns to the squad after being sidelined by injury for months. Montella has decided to rest some players for this clash. M’Baye Niang has been left out of the squad after handing in a medical certificate, stating that he can’t participate in training for ten days due to psychological stress. Gigio Donnarumma, Musacchio, Conti and Calhanoglu will stay in Milan to rest, while the likes of Montolivo, Biglia, Bonaventura are recovering from injuries.
Injury list Bonaventura, Biglia, Montolivo

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Probable eleven:

AC Milan: Storari; Zapata, Bonucci, Romagnoli; Calabria, Zanellato, Locatelli, Mauri, Antonelli; Cutrone, Silva
Shkendija: Zahov; Todorovski, Bejtulai, Cuculi, Celikovic; Alimi, Totre; Radeski, Hasani, Abdurahimi; Ibraimi


Milan are the clear favourites to progress through after having won the 1st game at San Siro 6-0. They’ll now look to put the game to bed at Macedonia as they play away. Perhaps, with that in mind the coach has opted to leave Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu at home.